They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more
Handsets with the Google Experience Launcher, like the Moto X, allow you to launch Google Now by simply saying "OK Google." To add this functionality to most Android phones, you'd have to install the Google Launcher, which would override the launcher currently in use (even custom ones).
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you don't have to override your current launcher to get convenient access to Google Now; the always listening feature is built-in, it's just pointed to the wrong app (S Voice). By using one app, S for Switch Voice, you can use the … Read more
If you're serious about playing games on your iPhone or iPad, you've no doubt followed with interest the recent batch of game controllers from Logitech, Moga, and SteelSeries. You've probably also blanched a bit at the $100 price tag accompanying each one.
Here's good news: You can actually get a much better controller for less than half the price. Here's how:
As I mentioned in my recent post comparing no-contract iPhone options, last month I ditched AT&T in favor of Straight Talk, which gives me more or less the same exact service for considerably less money.
Just one problem: Straight Talk doesn't support visual voice mail. In fact, on my iPhone 4S, I receive no notification whatsoever that new messages are waiting for me. It's not often an issue, but the last thing I want is to miss an important message from a work contact or family member.
I immediately thought of YouMail, a visual voice mail … Read more
Apple has iTunes, Google has Play, and never the twain shall meet, right? Especially when it comes to sharing videos between the two platforms.
Surprise, surprise: If you've purchased a movie or TV show from the Google Play store, it's actually possible to view it on your iOS device -- no jailbreaking or other hoop-jumping required. Here's how:
Step 1: Install the YouTube app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Step 2: Run the app and sign into your YouTube account (which is the same as your Google/Gmail account).
Step 3: Tap the menu button … Read more
Applications in OS X are by default assigned to the current desktop, so if you open a program and then switch to a different desktop, the program's windows will stay on the current desktop. However, there are a couple of ways to change this, so specific programs open on a different desktop, or so they remain present on all desktops.
The first option is to assign a program to all desktops, which is the most straightforward option. To do this, simply add the program to the OS X Dock, then right-click it. In the contextual menu that appears, choose &… Read more
The time has come to retire your trusty old smartphone in favor of something shiny and new, but just don't toss it away blindly. Today's cell phones are more than powerful communication tools. They serve as vaults for all kinds of precious digital entertainment and sensitive personal data, the sort you don't want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.
Yes, chances are good that tucked away inside your handset are the audio tracks, movies, photos, and apps you took time and effort to gather and tweak. The same goes for vital e-mail, text messages, and calendar … Read more
Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.
Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more
The Dock in OS X is a convenient location to store commonly-used applications, as well as links to favorite folders that can be opened as stacks. In addition, it contains any windows that you have minimized, along with the omnipresent Finder and Trash icons for easy file management.
Despite being useful, while you can organize items on it and resize them to your heart's content, the Dock is missing a simple way to separate various items you place on it. The one separator the Dock contains is useful for manipulating the Dock, and separates applications from other items you … Read more
Apple's Gatekeeper security system in OS X allows you to limit running applications to those that are created by trusted developers. With this feature enabled, if you open an unsigned program directly instead of using the contextual menu, then you will get an error message and the program will not execute.
However, Gatekeeper also detects whether a program has potentially been altered, and will prevent such a program from running. This is an effort to prevent programs, signed or otherwise, from being tampered with by malware and hackers. When this happens, the system will issue a similar Gatekeeper warning … Read more